Any 3rd P Running Apps Compat. w/ AW HRM?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch Apps' started by Chupa Chupa, May 6, 2015.

  1. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

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    Are there any 3rd party running apps that can sync w/ the AW's heart rate monitor or is Apple's native app the only game in town right now?

    Side question: can you use the AW running app in the background while you use another running app on your iPhone in the forefront?
     
  2. Symtex macrumors 6502a

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    The current SDK does not allow 3rd party apps to access the HRM.
     
  3. Julien macrumors G3

    Julien

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    Yes, I use Nike+, :apple:Watch Workout and my Garmin 620 on runs.

    I keep Workout on my :apple:Watch since it doesn't have an auto pause function.
     
  4. Chupa Chupa thread starter macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

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    Did not realize that. What a bummer. I hope that changes quickly -- seems like it must if the AW is going to seriously compete w/ sport watches and not just be one in name only.

    Thanks for the info. Good to know. Can't wait to test out the AW HRM side-by-side w/ my Garmin 620 + strap this afternoon. But looks like the Garmin will remain my chief running watch for now.
     
  5. Symtex macrumors 6502a

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    It will never compete with a chest strap because the strap is closer to the source (heart). It might do a decent job but it never be as precise. I don't understand what is the big deal about wearing a strap. I never really bothered me when I run.
     
  6. Julien macrumors G3

    Julien

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    While I agree, it can be spot on. I have found for me to tighten up 1 hole on my Sports band and push the :apple:Watch up my arm a few mm. Here is a 6 mile run and the average HR is identical to my Garmin 620.

    Of course next time it may not be as accurate.

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